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Work-life balance

Happiness Index – Happiest Workers, 19 March 2004,
City & Guilds
The City and Guilds Happiness Index shows staff in vocational jobs are more satisfied than white
collar workers and professionals. The top five are made up of Care Assistants, Hairdressers, plumbers
, chefs and florists, beating lawyers, chartered engineers and other highly paid fields.
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Subject: Work-life balance
Type of document: policy-maker, employer

Flexible Working in the IT Industry: Long-hours cultures and work-life balance at the margins, March 2004,
DTI
http://www.dti.gov.uk/industries/electronics/flexwork-it04.pdf
Subject: Work-life balance
Type of document: Employer

New survey finds computers at home promote better skills, productivity and work-life balance
Office of the E-Envoy, 19 January 2004
A new survey carried by NOP Research Group for the Office of the e-Envoy revealed that respondants
thought their work-life balance had improved as a result of having a computer at home, as they were
able to deal with personal matters outside of office hours.
http://www.e-envoy.gov.uk/MediaCentre/CurrentPressReleaseArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4006275&chk=CVcXBV
Subject: Work-life balance
Type of Document: Employer

Where’s Daddy? The UK Fathering Deficit
Alexandra Jones and Stephen Bevan (pdf 170kb)
Subject: Work-life balance

About Time for Change
Alexandra Jones (pdf 276kb)
Subject: Work-life balance

Combining self-employment and family life
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Research into how self-employment affects the family.
http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/663.asp – Executive summary
Subject: Work-life balance
Audience: Employer, policy maker

Organisations, careers and caring
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/n33.asp – Executive summary
Subject: Work-life balance
Audience: policy maker, employer

Reflections on the Integration of Paid Work with the rest of life
Suzan Lewis, Rhona Rapoport and Richenda Gambles
Paper looking at why societies seem stuck about how to make equitable, satisfactory and sustainable changes in the ways in which paid work can be combined with the rest of life. It examines why work-personal life integration issues have become so pressing and reflects on implications for working towards more fundamental changes.
www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/wfnetwork/loppr/reflections.pdf
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: academic

The Second Work-Life Balance Study: Results from the Employers’ Survey
National Centre for Social Research
Results from the second survey of employer views and practice on work-life balance.
Subject: Work-life balance
Audience: Employer, policy maker

The Second Work-Life Balance Study: Results from the Employees’ Survey
Results from the second survey of employee views on work-life balance.
Subject: Work-life balance
Audience: policy maker

Work-life balance trainer’s manual: 15 ready-made development activities for trainers
Margaret Adams, Gower, October 2003
ISBN 0566085453
A manual, with CD ROM, of work-life balance activities for HR managers and trainers. Includes a variety of resources such as case studies, discussions, games and questionnaires.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employer

Time well spent
Radhika Holmstrom, People Management 28 August 2003, pp. 24 – 25
Work-life balance is often difficult to achieve, but can be even more challenging for those working in HR, with it’s requirement for full-time cover and potential for the unexpected. This article explores experiences of women working in HR and how they cope with these demands.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work and family life in the 21st century
Shirley Dex, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, September 2003
ISBN 1 85935 095 X
“An overview of a research programme examining the relationship between work and family life, drawing together the findings from 19 individual research projects to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of this relationship at the beginning of the twenty-first century, addressing issues such as childcare, caring for older relatives, employment and self-employment, flexible working, working unsociable hours and the ability to move with a job.”
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: academic

Work-life balance
Managing Best Practice Series, The Work Foundation, August 2003
ISSN: 1355-1515
Survey and case study report, addressing attitudes, policies, measures, handling request, refusals, take-up, and organisational benefits. Case studies included are from award winning UK organisations.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Making childcare work: changing childcare for a better work-life balance
Daycare Trust, March 2003
ISBN: 1-87108-866-2
Short report on state of childcare provision and up-take by working parents. Outlines policy aspirations for improvement to access and quality of childcare for working parents. Available to purchase from Daycare Trust.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: policy makers

Investors in people guide to helping organisations manage work-life balance
Investors in People UK, 2003
ISBN: 0-11706-108-5
Short guide to a work-life balance model, and how to implement this in an organisation. Discusses aspects of the model: principles; indicators; culture; strategy; action and effectiveness. Includes glossary and useful contacts.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work-Life Balance: A Guide for Organisations
Roffey Park, 2003
“This practical guide shows how to create a culture conducive to work-life balance; how HR practitioners can underpin and support this culture; how line managers can influence it whilst addressing their own work-life balance and how individual employees can take control of their working and personal lives.” Available to purchase from Roffey Park.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

Work-life Balance Supplement
Employee Benefits August 2003
15-page supplement in Employee Benefits journal. Includes an update on work-life balance with book reviews, IT solutions and research. Full articles include: new legislation changes compelling employers to re-think their policies; maternity pay; sabbaticals and concierge services.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: employers

High Performance management practices, working hours and work-life balance
M White, S Hill, C Mills and D Smeaton, British Journal of Industrial Relations, June 2003, vol. 41, no. 2, pp.175 – 195
The effects of selected high performance practices and working hours on work-life balance are analysed with data from national surveys of British employees in 1992 and 2000.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: academic

Running around in circles: coordinating childcare, education and work
London: Policy Press in association with Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Looking at the implications for policy and employers of how parents co-ordinate the childcare and educational needs of their children with their own working arrangements.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: policy-maker

The ‘work-life balance’ revisited: Institute of Directors employment comment
London: Institute of Directors (Policy paper)
Accuses campaigners for a better balance between work and home life of distorting the truth and being “hell-bent of demonising the workplace”.
Subject: work-life balance
Audience: policy-maker

Married to the Job?
London: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, June 2001
Survey explores the impact of working long hours on relationships with family, friends and work colleagues. Available as a free document on CIPD website, once registered as a guest.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: academic

Quality of Life in the City: A Report on Work-Life Balance in the City of London
London: Parents at Work 2001
Research into whether maintaining personal work-life balance is an issue for City workers.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Benefiting from a Balanced Life
London: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, 1999
A survey of 2000 people management professionals looking at the range of benefits to
assist staff in their work/life balance. Available as a free document on CIPD website, once registered as a guest.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Work-Life Balance: Careers and The Psychological Contract
Horsham: Roffey Park Management Institute, 2000
This research suggests that work-life balance is an issue that appears to be exerting a
growing influence on employee career decisions.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: academic

Work-Life Balance: The Role of the Manager
Horsham: Roffey Park Management Institute, 2002
Regardless of whether formal policies are in place, it is the attitudes, skills and behaviours of line managers, which ultimately determine the success of flexible working arrangements.
Subject work life balance
Audience: academic

Perspectives on the Study of Work-Life Balance
A Discussion Paper Prepared for the 2001 ENOP Symposium, Paris, March 29-31 by Professor David Guest of The Management Centre, King’s College, London.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: academic

Getting it Right: Improving Work-Life Balance in Your Business
Produced by the Federation of Small Businesses in association with the NSPCC & BCC
to raise awareness and promote the benefits of the flexible working legislation in SMEs.
Subject: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Flexible futures: flexible working and work-life integration: summary findings from stage two of the research
Cooper, Cary L Professor, London, Centre for Business Performance, ICAEW, October 2001
Second stage of research commissioned by Centre for Business Performance, at Institute of Charted Accountants, in England and Wales, into flexible working and the accountancy profession. This part of the research was a more in-depth study into issues, which arose from the first stage. The report can be accessed as an electronic PDF document from Centre of Business Performance at ICAEW.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: academic

Are you happy at work? : job satisfaction and work-life balance in the US and Europe
Oswald, Andrew Place: Warwick
Finds that job satisfaction is U-shaped over the life cycle. Examines the characteristics associated with high levels of job satisfaction.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: academic

Book of balanced living: options to take control of your time, work and life
McCarraher, Lucy, London, Spiro Press, 2002
ISBN: 1-90429-809-5
Chapters include: Evaluating your personal and material needs; finding the right work; and practical tips relating to stress, childcare and support. Case studies and exercises to achieve balanced living are included.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: self help

Work-life balance: beyond the rhetoric
Kodz, J, Brighton, Institute for Employment Studies, 2002
ISBN: 1-85184-313-2
Report covering: work-life balance options offered by employees; take-up and benefits of these options; and obstacles and difficulties. Finds that take-up of flexible working options is low and that both managers and individuals need to be supported to overcome difficulties and barriers.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Beating the 24/7: how business leaders achieve a successful work-life balance
Fletcher, Winston, Chichester, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2002
ISBN: 0-47084-762-X
Collection of profiles from prominent business leaders, where they discuss their experiences of the "cash rich but time poor" lifestyle their commitments require of them.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Call centres 2002: reward and work-life strategies
London, Industrial Relations Services, September 2002
ISBN: 0-40696-359-2
Annual survey of call centres. Issues addressed include: pay benchmarking; incentives schemes; recruitment; retention and work life balance. Statistics throughout.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: employer support

Turn it off: how to unplug from the anytime-anywhere office without disconnecting your career
Gordon, Gil, London, Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd, 2001
ISBN: 1-85788-300-4
Mobile office technology means that "wired workers" can conduct business outside office hours and from any location, leading to work invading personal time. This practical book provides advice on regaining control and obtaining a sense of balance. It includes tips for managing email, time and setting limits on the virtual office. The 100/60/0 model for balancing time and work is discussed.
Subjects: work life balance
Audience: self help

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